Vancouver’s Bear Mountain play Montreal this week


One of the most bubbling bands in Canada’s West Coast music scene is Bear Mountain. Signed to Last Gang Records, the band has already made their rounds at a number of esteemed festivals, including SXSW, Governor’s Ball and Montreal’s own Osheaga.

This Friday, Bear Mountain make their return to the city to play M for Montreal alongside the Darcys. Ahead of the show, we caught up with the band to talk their new album Badu, life in B.C., Nelly Furtado, and more:

Mr. Wavvy: If you had to describe your new album in one word, what would it be?

Bear Mountain: Ineffable.

Mr.W: What is the meaning of such an album title, anything to do with Erykah?

BM: It’s a made up word to describe a made up thing.

Mr.W: What are the best/worst parts about being from Vancouver?

BM: Best: The mountains, the ocean, the trees, and the air. Worst: No Uber.

Mr.W: I feel like one strange thing that connects Montrealers and Vancouverites is our nostalgia/yearning for sports teams we no longer have — our Expos and your Grizzlies. I feel like both of us were fairly young when each of our respective teams left the city, too. Any memories of the team and the culture surrounding it?

BM: Yes! My dad had season tickets when we were kids and went to a lot of Grizzlies games. I still regret giving away my Mike Bibby jersey. 

Mr.W: Was their anything in particular about AlunaGeorge and the Darcys that made you want to join their respective tours?

BM: The AlunaGeorge show is in Edmonton where in order to get tickets, you have to volunteer 10 hours of your time to a charity of your choice. It’s such a cool concept for a show, so of course we wanted to be a part of it. We’ve toured with the Darcys before and we had a lot of fun, so when the opportunity came up we took it!

Mr.W: How did the collaboration with Nelly Furtado, “On My Own,” come about?

BM: Manifestation.

Mr.W: What are your plans for 2017?

BM: More writing, recording and touring to continue to grow Bear Mountain! We feel like we’re just getting started. ■

Bear Mountain play alongside the Darcys as part of M for Montreal at Théâtre Fairmount (5240 Parc) on Friday, Nov. 18, 11 p.m., $10

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